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Corporate Sponsors Litter Republican National Convention

TAMPA, Fla. (TheStreet) -- While Democrats have been eager to scrub corporate evidence from their upcoming convention, Republicans have embraced the culture.

A simple peak around the Tampa Convention Center reveals a subtle smattering of corporate sponsors.

Google (GOOG) has an entire media lounge next to the press filing center. The location offers coffee, colorful seating and various hubs that cast the search giant in a positive fashion. One television screen in the lounge offers up facts about how many jobs the company supports in the United States.

Google also blasts up a huge advertisement on the convention stage in between speeches by Republican officials -- the ad flashes its various brands like Google+, and YouTube.

Many other recognizable companies have joined Google as official sponsors of the convention.

The official guide lists Microsoft (MSFT), AT&T (T), Cisco (CSCO), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), and Adobe Systems (ADBE), among others.

The Tampa Bay host committee also notes various official providers, including Xerox (XRX) and Coca-Cola (KO).

At a first glance, Coca-Cola may elude obvious recognition. But convention goers who must dispose of recyclable products will notice that every recycling bin is shaped in the form of a massive 20-ounce Coca-Cola bottle wrapped in a red label. A tiny Coca-Cola Company logo appears at the bottom of the bin.

Observers will discover Xerox's presence at the print shop -- a large room that holds numerous Xerox copying machines and stacks of printer paper.

AT&T is probably the first corporate sponsor that Republican National Convention attendees come across. Every lanyard worn at the convention is a red, white and blue rope with the classic telecommunications logo emblazoned on its sides.

-- Written by Joe Deaux in Tampa, Fla.

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